Continuing Studies

Deans' Lunchtime Lecture Series

Research is reshaping the way we live and think. Meet distinguished members of the faculties at UVic and learn about their research interests. Find out what's new and shape your understanding of the world around you.

GVPL LogoThe series is presented in partnership with the Greater Victoria Public Library, the Division of Continuing Studies and the Faculties of Education, Engineering, Fine Arts, Graduate Studies, Human and Social Development, Humanities, Law, Science and Social Sciences.

All lectures are held at the Greater Victoria Public Library, Central Branch, 735 Broughton Street. Parking is available underground and you are welcome to bring a bag lunch.

Admission to these popular lectures is free. Please register online or by calling 250-472-4747 to reserve your seat. If you are unable to attend, please let us know so that we can offer a seat to someone on the waitlist.

Fall 2015:

What's New in Grad Studies?

The Psychology of Climate Change
Friday, September 18: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Reuven Sussman, PhD Candidate, Department of Psychology
Course Code: ASDS279 E01

As a PhD candidate in the areas of social and environmental psychology, Reuven Sussman has published several studies that apply the principles of social psychology to environmental sustainability. He has a particular interest in why humans behave in environmentally unsustainable ways, and what can be done to change these behaviours. Prior to moving to Victoria, he spent two years doing neuropsychological/pharmacological research at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

What's New in Education?

Knowing the Place: Women's Gendered Understandings and Adult Education Work in Public Museums and Libraries in Canada, England and Scotland.
Friday, September 25: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speakers: Darlene Clover, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies, UVic and Kathy Sanford, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, UVic
Course Code: ASDS280 E01

Dr. Darlene E. Clover is Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Victoria. Her areas of teaching and research include community, cultural and ecological leadership, adult, feminist and arts-based education and research methods. Her current studies focus on critical and feminist adult education practices in public libraries, galleries and museums in Canada and the United Kingdom. Her most recent edited volume (with K. Sanford) is entitled Lifelong learning, the arts and community cultural development and the contemporary university: International Perspectives (Manchester University Press, 2013). She is currently working on two other edited volumes: Women, adult education and leadership in Canada (Thompson Educational Publishing, Toronto) and Adult education and museums: Animating social and cultural change (with K. Sanford).

Kathy Sanford is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria. She has research interests spanning gender issues, learning in professional programs, libraries and museums, assessment, and new/alternative literacies. She works collaboratively with teachers and pre-service teachers in schools and community organizations for educational change. She is currently developing a co-edited volume entitled Adult education and museums: Animating social and cultural change (with D. Clover) and has recently published three other co-edited volumes including: Lifelong Learning, the arts and creative cultural engagement (Manchester University Press); The Emperor's New Clothes?: Issues and Alternatives in Uses of the Portfolio in Teacher Education Programs (Peter Lang), and Everyday youth literacies: Critical perspectives for new times (Springer).

What's New in Social Sciences?

Talking Tough on Crime: Media, Penal Populism, and the Struggle for Human Rights in Argentina and Chile
Friday, October 2: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Michelle Bonner, PhD, Department of Political Science, UVic
Course Code: ASDS240 E01

Michelle Bonner is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Victoria. She is a recipient of the Faculty of Social Sciences Research Excellence Award. Her area of expertise and interest is Latin American politics and particularly the process of democratization in the region. Her work centres on the study of state-society relations and on debates around the appropriate balance between security and human rights. She is the author of Policing Protest in Argentina and Chile (2014) and Sustaining Human Rights: Women and Argentine Human Rights Organizations (2007) as well as many articles on human rights and police violence. She is currently writing a book on the politics of police image. In addition to teaching general courses on Latin American politics and international development at UVic, she also enjoys teaching courses on transitional justice and the politics of mass media in Latin America.

What's New in Engineering?

Energy Efficient Canadian Buildings: New Objectives, Opportunities and Challenges
Friday, October 9: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya, PhD, PEng, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UVic
Course Code: ASDS281 E01

Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya, PhD, PEng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering (Civil Engineering Program) at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. His research interests are in energy and moisture performance of building materials and envelope systems. Presently he is working on next generation thermal insulation materials and systems, and their integration in the built environment construction. Phalguni has authored/co-authored about 150 technical publications and reports, co-edited two ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) STPs (Special Technical Publications) 1495 & 1519 and edited one conference proceedings (see At present he is the Technical Co-Chair of the upcoming, October 2016, ASTM International Symposium on Advances in Hygrothermal Performance of Building Envelopes: Materials, Systems and Stimulations, and elected member of the ASTM C16 Executive committee C16 on Thermal Insulation.

What's New in Fine Arts?

A Theatre Designer's Personal Style: Can or should we be able to recognize it in their work?
Friday, October 16: 12:30 to 1:45pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Allan Stichbury, BFA, Department of Theatre, UVic
Course Code: ASDS267 E01

Allan Stichbury has been a professional set and lighting designer for live theatre since 1978. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta and is a professor in the Theatre Department (Phoenix Theatre) UVic since 1988. He has designed all over Canada. He has also designed on Broadway and is currently active in Thailand where he has established an exchange agreement with Bangkok University. Recent productions in Victoria include: Sets for "The Rake's Progress" and "The Flying Dutchman" at POV and Sets and Lighting for "Unity 1918", Lighting for "Picnic" and Sets for "A Midsummers Night's Dream", "Lion in the Streets" and "Amadeus". Outside of Victoria recent productions include: Set for "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest" at Theatre Calgary and The Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre and Sets for "Barber of Seville" at Vancouver and Edmonton Opera. This production will be used in both Pittsburgh and Ottawa Opera productions this coming season.

What's New in Science?

Can We Predict Megadisasters?
Friday, October 30: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Florin Diacu, PhD, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UVic
Course Code: ASDS268 E01

Dr. Florin Diacu is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Victoria and an expert in the field of dynamical systems. He was recently presented with the 2015 J.D. Crawford Prize, a biennial award of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics that recognizes outstanding research in nonlinear science. He is the first Canadian to receive this honour. Dr. Diacu also wrote several successful popular science books. One of them, entitled "Megadisasters: The Science of Predicting the Next Catastrophe," published with Princeton University Press in North America and Oxford University Press in the rest of the English-speaking world, won the Best Academic Book Award in 2011. There he explains how mathematics and science help with predicting earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, volcanic eruptions, rapid climate change, cosmic collisions, pandemics, and stock market crashes, topics he will also touch upon in his talk.

What's New in Human and Social Development? ?

From Brain Drain to Brain Gain: Promoting Capacity for Early Years Development in Africa.
Friday, November 13: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Alan Pence, PhD, School of Child and Youth Care
Course Code: ASDS282 E01

Dr. Alan Pence is UNESCO Chair for Early Childhood Education, Care and Development and Professor, School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria. For over two decades Prof. Pence has worked with governmental, non-governmental (NGO), U.N., and academic colleagues in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) developing multi-faceted approaches to promoting local capacity for enhancing child well-being. One key vehicle for that work has been the Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU), a program that has brought together leaders from 17 SSA countries to create new policies, programs and educational opportunities in their home countries. A more recent, complementary activity is the Scholars and Institutions (AS&I) initiative that has led to a network of African Scholars from over 20 countries to date.

What's New in Social Sciences?

Ocean colour remote sensing: what can we tell about spatial-temporal regional trends?
Friday, November 6: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Maycira Costa, PhD, Department of Geography, UVic
Course Code: ASDS240 E02

Maycira Costa is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at UVic. Her research interests are in remote sensing, oceanography, wetlands and water optics. Her lab SPECTRAL, the first of its kind in Western Canada, investigates spectral characteristics of the Earth's surface and focuses on the interaction of light energy with organic and inorganic material in water. Her research group is working towards developing research methods to make more effective use of remotely sensed imagery for understanding and monitoring biophysical processes in ocean waters and wetlands. They are also researching light attenuation in coastal and riverine waters. They conduct interdisciplinary research with several international collaborators in Brazil, Canada, the United States, and Japan. Dr. Costa does field work on the BC Coast and in Brazil in the Amazon and Pantanal.

What's New in Law?

The Future of Law in the Asian Century: State Capitalism, Global Supply Chains, and Energy
Friday, November 27: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Victor V Ramraj, PhD, Faculty of Law, UVic
Course Code: ASDS255 E01

Victor V. Ramraj is a Professor at UVic's Faculty of Law and the Law Chair of its Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives (CAPI). A graduate of McGill University, University of Toronto, and Queen's University Belfast, Dr. Ramraj joined UVic in July 2014 after sixteen years (1998-2014) at the National University of Singapore (NUS), which included three visiting stints to the UK—including two in London, at the Centre for Transnational Legal Studies (2009, 2010-2011). Dr. Ramraj has worked as a judicial law clerk at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa, as a litigation lawyer in Toronto, and for five years as the Vice-Dean for Academic Affairs at the NUS Law School. His work on comparative constitutional law has been published in leading law journals around the world and his edited books of essays—including Emergencies and the Limits of Legality (2008) and Emergency Powers in Asia: Exploring the Limits of Legality (2010) (with Arun K. Thiruvengadam) by Cambridge University Press. His current research focuses on the legal history of states and companies in Asia (with a particular interest in the British East India Company and its comparison with modern state capitalism), and the constitutional and regulatory implications of modern economic globalization and global governance.

What's New in Humanities?

From Teddy Boys to Heroin Chic: Post-War British Youth Culture
Friday, December 11: 12:30 to 1:45 pm, Central Library, Broughton Street
Speaker: Stephen Ross, PhD, Department of English, UVic
Course Code: ASDS259 E01

Stephen Ross is an Associate Professor of English and Cultural, Social, and Political Thought. He is the author of Conrad and Empire, editor of Modernism and Theory, and co-editor of The Modernist World as well as editions of Dorothy Richardson's novels Pointed Roofs and The Tunnel. He is Director of the Modernist Versions Project and of Linked Modernisms, both digital humanities approaches to the cultural heritage of aesthetic modernism. He is presently writing a book on post-war British fiction and the rise of youth culture.

Coming Up

1/20 French Language Conversation Classes
11/25 Mental Health Series for Health & Helping Professionals
11/26 Allergy 101: Allergies and Food Intolerances
11/27 Deans' Lectures: What's New in Law?
11/28 An Introduction to Game Theory
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